By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers
With their next three games on the road, Eastern New Mexico University’s men were hoping for a positive sendoff on Saturday night.
The Greyhounds matched Cameron shot for shot well into the second half, then took off on a 21-2 run over six minutes to gain control en route to a 90-81 victory over the Aggies. It was the Hounds’ second win in five games this season at Greyhound Arena.
Senior guard Tristan Largent hit 8-of-12 field goals for 26 points while senior forward Mikal Monette, who went 10-for-10 from the field in a loss to Southwestern Oklahoma on Thursday, went 10-for-12 in this one and finished with 22. Junior guard Kevin Davis added 13.
ENMU (3-4) shot better than 60 percent in each half and finished at 62 percent. The Aggies (4-2), who used a 22-0 run Thursday to upend West Texas A&M, shot 54 percent but were unable to overcome their one dry spell.
“This was a good win,” ENMU coach Shawn Scanlan said. “We just needed to be able to get something good going before we go out on the road.
“We had a lot of people contribute, and that’s what we have to have. We don’t have the dominant players (to win) if we don’t play as a team, and we took a step in that direction tonight.”
Senior guard Matthew Reid led five Aggies in double figures with 23 points. Cameron led 56-50 with 15 1/2 minutes left, but managed only 6-foot-9 center Marlon Bernard’s basket during the Hounds’ run.
Bernard’s basket put the Aggies ahead 58-57, but Largent’s 3-pointer gave the Hounds the lead for good. Monette’s short hook in the lane capped the surge and made it 71-58 with 8:19 to go.
“We just kind of picked up it up on defense,” Monette said of the run. “We made them make some bad passes, and just ran our offense real thorough.”
ENMU eventually built a 15-point margin. The athletic Aggies extended their pressure defense and got as close as 82-77 with two minutes left, but Largent hit an 18-foot jumper and four free throws and guard Aaron Rodriguez added two more from the line to seal the win.
“They’re a good team, but everybody showed up and played together tonight,” Monette said. “We took a step foward today. If we can just keep going, we should hopefully be able to do something good on the road.”
Cameron opened a 9-2 lead early and eventually built that margin to 10 points. But the Hounds used a 15-3 surge capped by a Davis 3-pointer to take their first lead at 35-32.
The Hounds led 44-43 at the half.